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RE: OT - now tubers was-Wonderful web tribute to the Armed forces

Hum.... I guess I just do things differently. I don't feed my fish
(other than a few treats occasionally). Gave up on pots and fertilizer,
seemed to add to the over nutrients problems. Now the plants take it out
of the water since the roots are somewhat exposed thru the rocks. I
built the bog area to take the excess rain water which can then overflow
to the back of the property. My fish stay in year round as the pond is
deep enough. My pond is right off my deck and easily visible from my
kitchen window. Although we do not have an ordinance about a fence, we
do have one... with a lock on the gate. I suppose the kids could easily
climb it, but we do our best to keep them out and the dog in.

I do my water changes as I water my land plants. Have a separate pump on
the bottom so it is just like turning on the faucet.....with the amount
of rain we have had for the last few years, I haven't bothered to refill
the pond, nature is handling that. I also have my ground water sump pump
drain into the pond as well....

Of course, just like with any gardening ... I do everything wrong, but
it works here, with minimal intervention from me :) 


> Donna, our pond takes more time than that.  I chk it daily for
> matl,
> fert the plants, my husband cleans the filter about monthly, chk for
> level particularly after a big rain, feed the fish and I'm not sure
> my
> added stream will require.  If it is to much it will become a dry
> bed
> however we have invested in the extra but nec equipment.  We drain the
> pond in the
> fall so we have plants & fish to place each spring as well preparing
> winter.  The place i get the fish takes them in the fall and does give
> sm
> discount on the new fish in the spring.   Be cause our pond meets the
> depth rqmt
> so as to avoid a rqd fence, there is always that concern that someone
> might
> wonder into the garden.
>     Ceres
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